Kids are the future? So are older adults!

Kids are the future? So are older adults!

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In college—Washington University in St. Louis. Yeah, go Bears!…If that’s still relevant!—I volunteered with the Campus Y and led a program called SAGE (Service Across GEnerations). We students would wake up early on Saturdays, hop on the school shuttle, and visit seniors at a nursing home. We played checkers and cards and talked to the seniors. There was Joyce, who enjoyed drawing penguins and who always called me Lou. And Mrs. Mosbey, a 90-year-old blind woman who listened to the radio and kept up with current affairs, who constantly ribbed me for being vegan. “You need to eat some meat,” she would say, “it’ll put some hair on your chest.” As delightful as the visits were, it was extremely difficult to get other students to participate. Whereas the program where…
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Save the Date: 99th Annual Baile de las Flores on April 21, 2018

Save the Date: 99th Annual Baile de las Flores on April 21, 2018

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Mark Your Calendars! The 99th Annual Baile de las Flores will take place Saturday, 21 April 2018, 5:30 pm, at the Mountain Oyster Club.  Tickets are $150.00 per person ($90.00 allowable tax deduction per reservation).  To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE. Since 1919, the St. Luke’s Board of Visitors has organized and presented the oldest ongoing charity event in Tucson to support St. Luke’s Home.  The Board of Visitors Committee continues this annual celebration with the 99th Annual Baile de las Flores.  We invite you to this year’s celebration in support of the Elders who live at St. Luke’s Home.  Since 1987 a renowned artist from the Tucson area has been invited to donate an original painting to the raffled at the Baile de las Flores.  Barry Sapp has graciously accepted…
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Feldman Neighbors at St. Luke’s Home

Feldman Neighbors at St. Luke’s Home

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The Feldman Neighborhood Association turned out at St. Luke's Home to provide Neighbors' Night Out, which featured a dessert buffet, great music by DJ David Squires, better known as Kid Squid, and plenty of time to share food, conversation and fun. Neighbors from the surrounding area mingled with St. Luke's Elders. The event took place on October 19 from 6- 8 pm in St. Luke's East Courtyard. Representatives from Tucson's local law enforcement and fire houses were there . Also attending were the Honorable Olivia Cajero Bedford who represents District 3 in the Arizona Senate, and the Honorable Richard Elias, Pima County Board of Supervisors representing District 5. 
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St. Luke Elders Visit Salpointe Catholic High School

St. Luke Elders Visit Salpointe Catholic High School

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Elders Learn Social Media Skills at Salpointe A group of St. Luke's Elders visited Salpointe Catholic High School on October 5 for a special training, The Power of Social Media to Serve Social Justice.  The morning-long training by the Salpointe Morality class (pictured above). Elders learned the power of a wide range of platforms that can be used to further social justice in the country. 
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Friends and Family Night at St. Luke’s

Friends and Family Night at St. Luke’s

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Elders' Family and Friends Share Dinner at St. Luke's Nearly 100 people, including Elders and their family and friends, shared a delicious spaghetti dinner at St. Luke's Home on Sunday evening, September 24. The evening offered the opportunity for Elders' to invite those closest to them to share a meal, meet their friends in the St. Luke's community, enjoy great food and a beautiful evening of socializing and fun. Elders relished the opportunity to play host to those they loved. Several invited six or more of their friends and families and proudly introduced them to all. The spaghetti was delicious, conversation flowed, and Elders beamed. "It felt so special," one of them shared, "like hosting my family at a restaurant, a great night out!"  
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I-PEP Back at St. Luke’s Home

I-PEP Back at St. Luke’s Home

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I-PEP Returns to St. Luke's Home The Geriatric Inter-Professional Education and Practice Program (I-PEP) Screening Clinic launched its 2017-2018 programs on September 9th with a clinic on Healthy Eating. I-PEP was created in partnership with the Arizona Health Sciences Center and the Arizona Center on Aging. It brings students from UA's nursing, pharmacy, public health and medical colleges to St. Luke's for monthly clinics and educational presentations.  
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Happenings at St. Luke’s Home

Happenings at St. Luke’s Home

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September 8: The Southern Arizona Home Builders Association (SAHBA) Charity Classic Golf at Omni Tucson National Resort. St. Luke's Home is the designated beneficiary of proceeds. For more information contact Alicia at 520-207-0805 or adminassist@stlukeshometucson.org.
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Russell Burns, Arizona Daily Star

Russell Burns, Arizona Daily Star

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Arizona Daily Star, Guest Opinion (May 24, 2017) May is Older Americans Month as designated by the federal government’s Administration for Community Living and through proclamation by President Trump. This year’s theme, Age Out Loud, should remind everyone that elders hold the power to inspire and teach if we take the time to listen. I have spent the bulk of my career working with the elder population, and as incoming president of the board of trustees of St. Luke’s Home, I have the privilege of working both with, and on behalf of, elders. At St. Luke’s Home, we have former teachers, ministers, nurses and veterans who have reached the last one-third of their lives with little income but retaining a strong passion for life. St. Luke’s provides a community for…
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Volunteers Honored at Special Celebration

Volunteers Honored at Special Celebration

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  St. Luke's Home Hosts Volunteer Thanks Event St. Luke's Home hosted a special celebration of the many individuals who donate their time and talent to all the Elders who live in the St. Luke's community. More than 45 volunteers attended the special event, organized by Program and Grants Manager Sally Krommes, who also contributed her artistic talent by creating the bright flowers that hung from the ceiling. The volunteers were warmly welcomed by all of St. Luke's Elders, and were celebrated with piano music presented by Susana Martinez and a special cake created by Culinary Director and Executive Chef Melissa Hernandez. Each volunteer received an originally created thank you card with a group photograph of the Elders, all of whom had the opportunity to share their thanks directly with…
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Tucson Mayor Visits St. Luke’s Home

Tucson Mayor Visits St. Luke’s Home

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Tucson Mayor Rothschild Visits St. Luke's Home Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild visited St. Luke's Home on April 11. CEO L'Don Sawyer led him on a full tour of the community and the Mayor met with Elders at the Town Hall Meeting. The Elders had a number of questions for the Mayor with a focus on his plans for expanding senior housing options in Tucson. Mayor Rothschild carefully and thoughtfully answered all questions. He provided a full explanation of the range of housing options available and how the city funds services. He also offered an overview of the city's efforts to bring more jobs into Tucson, and described current efforts to raise the sales tax to provide additional revenue for road repair. When asked to describe Tucson in fifteen seconds, he…
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